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Online Bachelor of Science in ADS

The Online Bachelor's degree in Addiction Studies (ADS) combines a strong academic foundation with real-world experience in counseling and prevention and focuses on science-based addiction education. In addition, the completion of the degree may qualify graduates to meet the standards for state, national and international certification for professional prevention specialists and treatment counselors/providers. Participants of the Addiction Studies online should contact their State Certifying Body to ensure that addictions counseling courses meet certification requirements. Requirements may differ from state to state.  For details regarding South Dakota's certification standards, please refer to the Certification Standards Manual of the South Dakota Certification Board for Alcohol & Drug Professionals. If you are not a South Dakota resident, please contact your State Certifying Body to ensure courses meet certification/licensure requirements. Please check with your certifying body regarding ability for degree-seeking students to complete course requirements in shadowing and Internship opportunities.

The ADS department and our addiction studies programs are accredited through the National Addiction Studies Accreditation Commission (NASAC) and gives students the tools needed to meet the growing demand for professionals skilled in alcohol and drug prevention, education, counseling, and treatment.

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* Please note: All online Bachelor of Science in ADS students must complete a background check before their first semester commences.  Clearance can be completed by Verified Credentials, Inc.  Please follow the instructions as directed on their website: Verified Credentials, Inc.  You will be required to provide identifying information as well as a payment source.  Results will be certified and returned to you as well as the ADS department.

For additional information about the online Bachelor's degree in Addiction Studies, Request More Information or contact us at cde@usd.edu or 1-800-233-7937.